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HIGH, BUT STILL DRY

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SoVaNow.com / May 01, 2014
Despite rain showers that were heavy at times yesterday, town officials are optimistic that the Riverdale intersection of US Routes 501 and 58 will not flood, South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel said.

Daniel explained that forecasters with the National Weather Service were calling for the Dan River to rise to about 22.7 feet above stage, about the same level as it rose to back in January of this year. That would bring the water level almost to the edge of the roadway, but not into it, he said.

A spokesman at the town’s sewer treatment plant reported that South Boston received about three-tenths inch of rain on Monday and another 0.88 inches during the night on Tuesday. He estimated that another inch had fallen during the day yesterday, but since the plant records the rainfall levels at 7 a.m. each morning, he did not have yesterday’s official count.

Daniel said the latest information he has on the situation called for the Dan to crest around noon on Friday, but everything is dependent, he noted, on the amount of rainfall that comes into the Dan from the west.

However, flash flood warnings were in effort for Halifax, Charlotte and Campbell County until 6:30 p.m. yesterday with some local roads being covered with water. The public was strenuously warned not to try to move along roads that were covered with water since it is not possible to know how deep the water might be and whether or not the driver could make it through to dryer conditions.

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